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north_korea_government1By NewsGram Staff Writer

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will be felicitated with a global statesmanship award this year.

The Sukarno award, named after the daughter of Indonesia’s founding father, will be presented to Kim Jong-un by the Bali-based Sukarno Centre.

Speaking on the announcement, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s founder said, “We will give the award to President Kim Jong-un because he has been consistent in carrying out the ideals of the great leader, Kim Il Sung, which is to fight imperialism.”

“So this will be a sequel, where we give the award to Kim Jong-un for his persistence in fighting neo-colonialism,” Soekarnoputri said, alluding to the award being previously awarded to Kim II Sung.

The Sukarno award is presented to people who have made contributions to peace and development such as Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a remarkably absurd judgment, the award will be awarded to Kim Jong-un despite the execution of a man who ran a turtle farm by the North Korean dictator earlier this month.

The man was apparently hounded for not looking after the turtles well enough. The farmer, on his part, had complained about issues such as electricity, water and equipment,  complaints that were dismissed by the leader as “nonsensical.”

Shortly after the incident the man was shot dead.

Cases of poor governance and apathy are frequently reported in North Korea while around 10.2 million North Koreans are currently facing the “worst drought in over a hundred years.”

Outlandish claims are also commonly made by the dictatorship regime. In June, the country announced it had invented a wonder drug capable of curing Aids, Ebola and cancer, a dubious contention on which the world heavily came down upon.

False propaganda reports such as Kim Jong-un inventing the hamburger and possessing magical powers have also been made.

Though reports show that Kim Jong-un was born in Siberia, the country claims that he was born atop a North Korean mountain prompting a double rainbow and the spontaneous appearance of a new star.

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The Lazarus cybercrime group launched a highly sophisticated Bitcoin-stealing phishing campaign -- HaoBao -- which targeted global financial organisations and Bitcoin users.

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North Korean hacker group stole $571 mn in crypto attacks. Pixabay

Amid growing crypto-jacking episodes, a North Korean hacking group called Lazarus has stolen cryptocurrencies worth more than half a billion dollars.

According to The Next Web that cited findings from the annual report of cybersecurity vendor Group-IB late on Friday, Lazarus was behind 14 hacking attacks on cryptocurrent exchanges since January 2017 — stealing $571 million.

Lazarus is a hacking group which has been linked to a string of attacks against everything from banks to government agencies across the world.

Hackers targeted cryptocurrency exchanges with spear phishing, social engineering, and malware.

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“Spear phishing remains the major vector of attack on corporate networks. For instance, fraudsters deliver malware under the cover of CV spam [with an attachment] that has a malware embedded in the document,” the findings showed.

Group-IB expects the number of targeted attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges to rise, and not just the ones from Lazarus.

Nearly 10 per cent of the total funds raised by Initial Coin Offering (ICO) platforms over the past year and a half have been stolen.

According to the report, large phishing groups are capable of stealing $1 million a month.

Fraudsters are even building fake websites using stolen cryptocurrency project descriptions and plagiarized white papers.

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“Fraudulent phishing-schemes involving crypto-brands will only get more complex as well as cybercriminals’ level of preparation for phishing attacks,” the group warned.

Security researchers have claimed that North Korea-based advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are increasingly attacking financial institutions and Bitcoin exchanges.

There were on average five new threat samples every second that resulted in a massive 629 per cent growth in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining malware in the first quarter of 2018.

The coin miner malware grew a stunning 629 per cent to 2.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, from around 400,000 total known samples in Q4 2017, said a recent report from global cyber security firm McAfee.

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The Lazarus cybercrime group launched a highly sophisticated Bitcoin-stealing phishing campaign — HaoBao — which targeted global financial organisations and Bitcoin users.

When recipients open malicious email attachments, an implant would scan for Bitcoin activity and establishes an implant for persistent data gathering and crypto mining. (IANS)